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EleFact Friday: Elephant Communication and Understanding

We know that elephants are an intelligent species, wise in emotional wellness and mental cognition. Recently we received a question regarding language and how much they can understand Scott when he speaks to them in the videos we share. Let’s dive in and explore for today’s EleFACT! ...

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EleFact Friday: Getting a Sense of the Weather

We’ve mentioned several times now how much everyone at the sanctuary is celebrating the rainy season. The weather is changing, the seasons are shifting, and it seems that all are enjoying the transition. Obviously the elephants can tell when the rain begins, but are they able to sense the change…...

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Happy Elephant Appreciation Day!

Today marks Elephant Appreciation Day in the US – a day to celebrate all things elephant. It was established in 1996 and invites everyone to find something new to learn about elephants, their habitats, their miraculous bodies, and what they do for the world as a “keystone” species – critical…...

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Guillermina’s Gradual Learning Process

While she still has an abundance of enthusiasm, Guillermina seems to be taking notes about how to manage her high energy behavior from the older ladies. As we know, Guille can be somewhat demonstrative, expressing her emotions in physical ways, which Pocha allowed her to believe was acceptable. Of course,…...

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Doing What Comes Naturally

When it comes to animals, what is learned and what is instinctual? There are many different studies on the subject, but we can share what we’ve learned from the elephants we have known over the years. Each individual has intrinsic qualities that they were born with and others they had…...

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EleFact Friday: Listening Can Save Lives

For today’s EleFACT Friday, we want to share more scientific exploration that exhibits how truly intelligent elephants are. In a study from 2014, researchers at Amboseli National Park in Kenya played recorded voices of individuals from two different language groups:  one whose members  occasionally threatened and preyed upon elephants, and…...

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